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French Yard Sale

sunny 18 °C

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Perhaps the most exciting news since our arrival was that there would be a Troc-Broc in town during the weekend. A Troc-Broc is a cross between a community yard sale and a flea market. Vide-caves et greniers means empty your basements and attics (apparently, rooms on the main floor of the house are spared), but it also refers to a more common type of antique sale found throughout the towns of France in the spring and summer months.

Having arrived in France with just two big suitcases each (plus carry-ons), Eric and I were pretty excited to check it out and find some good stuff for the house.

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Roquefort-les-Pins in the early morning fog

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Parked cars

The day started EARLY - just like in the US, you have to get there early to get the good stuff. Judging from the number of cars parked haphazardly on the road and the number of people who had already set up their wares (for a price of 20 Euros a table), I surmised that we were not exactly early. No matter. There were lots of goodies to be had.

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French police keeping order

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Lots of clothes, shoes and jewelry…

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and lots of children's things too… these stuffed animals were just waiting for a good home

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Check out this man, giving me his very best French sexy look

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Eric sorting through some great kitchenware

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Speaking of sexy, check out this awesome find for the kitchen! No, we didn't buy it!

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Beaucoup de "loot" - check out the wooden rolling pin with red handles, my favorite find of the day

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New cutting boards

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And a new dog bed for Fanette

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Flyers for future yard sales

We were told this kind of sale only happens once a year, but luckily we received more flyers at the sale for future Troc-Brocs… thus the addiction begins.

On Friday, we took a quick day trip to Antibes to check out the town, and also the boats. There is an old fort there, and also a stone wall that separates part of the old town from the marina. It was really pretty to see.

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Antibes town

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Antibes marina and stone wall

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Archway

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Boats and mountains in the distance

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This weekend, we had our first BBQ of the season. Eric's great Aunt Sim (Simone) and Uncle Jo (George) came over. Jo's son Philippe paid another visit to check out the inner workings of the chain saw, which continued to have a "little" leak. Lana came along and spent more time playing with Fanette.

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Eric starting the BBQ

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Real wood!

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Eric, Jo and Philippe grilling sausages

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Fanette and her ball

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Spring dandelions

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Eric, Claire, Sim and Jo enjoying lunch

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Eric demonstrating his best American look

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Time for espresso

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Lunchtime under a shady tree

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This neighborhood cat stops by regularly to torment Fanette

This week, we have been exploring the town and getting to know the neighborhood. The main road we use to get to town is not big enough for two cars to pass at once, much less make way for pedestrians. Thus, we often take two different routes barrées that don't allow cars to pass. Here's the more direct route.

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Unusual self-portrait!

The slightly longer route takes you directly to the local grocery store Intermarché and is named Central Park. As in New York City, here in Roquefort-les-Pins, the neighborhood features some very interesting houses.

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Central Park

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Central Park entrance - it's actually a bit tricky to find

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A quaint old house

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Pretty purple flowers in bloom

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When you get to town, you are welcomed!

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The local Presse newsstand

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where I bought the Nice-Matin Sunday paper…

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with the Sunday magazine special on Nicole Kidman!

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A pretty view in front of the post office

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And here's the back of the post office with La Poste vans

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No town would be complete without local Pizza-des-Pins

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Here's a small flower vendor

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And most importantly the local bakery in town - our friend Gianna (Jan's daughter) absolutely raves about this place

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Delivering a special treat

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I bought French macarons, which they wrapped nicely for me

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And even prettier unwrapped, mmm macarons!

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Claire with her coffee and matching pistachio macaron

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Eric and Fanette, demonstrating her excellent table manners

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Jennifer loves Fanette!

We also had two other fabulous lunches this week. For our friend Jan, we served the first asparagus of the season, and also a chocolate cake.

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First asparagus of the season

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Chocolate cake

Also for lunch, we invited Aunt Hélène and her parents Jeanne and Pierre. What wonderful company! Jeanne and Pierre made a traditional Provençal pizza with anchovies, which we ate with champagne. Claire and Eric made ratatouille, rice and les boulettes de viande, or meatballs! More champagne and then wine with that, of course, then bread and cheese, and then Hélène's version of a lemon tart. It seems that we really enjoy our lemon tarts here in France.

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Provençal pizza

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Champagne!

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Boulettes de viande and ratatouille

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Bread and cheese

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Hélène's lemon tart

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Mmm lemon tart

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Hélène, Pierre, Claire and Jeanne playing cards

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Au revoir and good-bye!

Note: next up, we are heading to Rome and then Sardinia… so stay tuned for more adventures!

Posted by jlamarre 09:11 Archived in France Tagged living_abroad

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I love a good Troc-Broc!!! Looks like you got some real Frenchy treasures!! Please, if you are going to post pics of all this yummy food start submitting the recipes aussi (most esp. the multiple lemon tarts you have been enjoying.....). Keep the great posts and pics coming--include more "sexy" french men too ; ).

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